Starspangledbanner shuttles to Ireland

Starspangledbanner will rejoin Coolmore Stud’s Irish roster in 2015.

A champion sprinter in both hemispheres, Starspangledbanner experienced fertility problems after shuttling between Coolmore Stud bases in 2011.

Starspangledbanner’s first Irish crop number just 33 foals but among them have been Royal Ascot stakes winners The Wow Signal (G2 Coventry Stakes) and Anthem Alexander (G2 Queen Mary Stakes).

There were just 31 foals from his first Hunter Valley book and they are rising two year-olds.

Put back into work with Aidan O’Brien after those setbacks, he failed to recapture form and was re-routed to Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud in Victoria.  He was foaled and raised at the Gnarwarre property when it was part of the Makybe complex.

During his first season at Rosemont last year, Starspangledbanner covered a small, carefully managed book of 51 mares, with 24 of them subsequently scanned in foal.

He has been restricted to 50 mare again this year.

“He will cover his second book at Rosemont before heading back to Ireland after Christmas,” said Coolmore’s Richard Henry.  “He’s done so well and made such an exciting start, it would be foolish not to have him back.  We will decide a service fee at a later date.”